Richard Sheridan and Michael Hegarty both received more than a year’s worth of jail time in relation to the trafficking of a cup made from a protected rhino’s horns
Irish man Richard Sheridan has received 14 months in prison and two years supervised release after pleading guilty in the US to selling rhinoceros horns.
RTÉ reports that Sheridan, whose most recent address was in the UK, was extradited to the US in August and pleaded guilty in a Miami, Florida court on charges related to the trafficking of a libation cup made from the horns of a rhinoceros.
Sheridan and another Irish man, Michael Hegarty, were both charged on conspiracy to traffic the libation cup. Sheridan was additionally charged with smuggling the cup out of the US.
Court records showed that the two Irish men purchased the libation cup from a home in North Carolina before smuggling it out of the country.
Upon being extradited to the US from Belgium, Hegarty pleaded guilty to conspiring with Sheridan and in November 2017 was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
Following Sheridan’s sentencing this week, Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark said: “Sheridan conspired to profit from the demise of one of the world’s most endangered species.
“We will continue to work with our international partners to fight the trade in protected and endangered species, and organized criminal enterprises associated with it.”